Robert McKinley, Senior Analyst/Editor Robert McKinley is an analyst of the payments industry on a daily basis for 32 years covering payment cards and payment systems from both the business side and the consumer side. McKinley is the retired founder and chief executive of RAM Research, CardWeb and CardTrak. In his prior position, McKinley has participated in more than 10,000 documented news media interviews, testified as an expert witness in two separate $billion+ U.S. anti-trust trials, testified before the U.S. Congress, assisted the GAO with paymentsIMG_2006 (1).jpeg reports, chaired numerous business conferences and provided C-Suite opinion to a multitude of Fortune 500 companies. In retirement, he has continued developing and funding digital media assets as well as contributing payments related analysis/content to a broad list of online publishers, including CardFlash, CardTrak and CardData. McKinley is also a national certified mentor with the non-profit SCORE organization with a focus on assisting Fintech startups.

First Data Releases SpendTrend Shows Slower Spending

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] First Data released its “SpendTrend” analysis for Aug. 31, 2013 through Sept. 30, 2013 compared to Sept. 1, 2012 through Oct. 1, 2012. Tracking same-store consumer spending by credit, signature debit, PIN debit, EBT, closed-loop prepaid cards and checks at U.S. merchant locations, overall dollar volume growth was 5.3% in September,…

Net Element and Pay.On Partner on Transaction Services

Net Element International is pleased to announce the launch of “TOT Platform” – a value-added transactional services platform. Launched in partnership with PAY.ON, the world’s leading operator of multi-channel payment infrastructure systems, TOT Platform will be the first offering of its kind in the region and will allow Net Element’s subsidiary TOT Group to offer its client-base innovative solutions in mobile payments and transactional services. TOT Platform is a high-performance transaction processing platform that complies with security standards and requirements applicable to the international payments market. The launch of TOT Platform will enhance TOT Group’s suite of value-added, innovative technologies and services in emerging markets.

Fiserv Launches New Mobile Payment Solution

Fiserv launched its “Snap-to-Pay” capability for mbanking and payments solutions. Allowing users to pay bills quickly and easily with a snap of their smartphone cameras, “Snap-to-Pay” captures essential bill information, such as the company to be paid and the amount due, which is then used to automatically populate the appropriate fields on the smartphone screen. Snap-to-Pay leverages mobile imaging technology from Top Image Systems™ (TIS™), which enables mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets to accurately capture information from documents of all types and sizes. Snap-to-Pay allows consumers to set up a new biller to be paid, pay their bill and enroll in electronic bill presentment if they would like to have future bills delivered to their account as e-bills. Users save time and can avoid frustrating input errors because the functionality eliminates the need to tap in large amounts of information on the phone keypad, making bill payment a “snap.”

American Express Serve Deploys Money Management Capabilities

American Express Serve announced its nationwide cash load network and the addition of new money management capabilities to its full-service reloadable prepaid account. It features Direct Deposit, Bill Pay, Mobile Check Capture, Personal Financial Management Tools, and Reserve, which allows customers to put money aside for future expenses. The Free Cash Load Network allows American Express Serve customers to take cash to the register at more than 14,000 participating CVS/pharmacy and 7-Eleven stores and add it to their American Express Serve Account on its own Vanilla Reload Network. The can also add their paycheck or government disbursements directly into their Account through and use their smartphone camera to snap a photo of a check and add it directly into their Account using the Serve mobile app. American Express Serve will charge a monthly fee of $1 beginning December 3, 2013.

Green Dot Names New CEO

Green Dot has named Grace Wang CEO, who joins from JP Morgan Chase. Most recently based in London, Wang held the position of Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer of Investor Services Sales for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) with JP Morgan. Prior to becoming CFO of that division, Ms. Wang held various senior finance and leadership roles at JP Morgan Chase since 2004, including EMEA CFO and Head of International Strategy and Business Development of the Treasury and Securities Services division. She will report to Steve Streit, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer and will assume her new role on November 18, 2013. She holds an undergraduate degree and MBA from Harvard University.

Ceridian Announces Borbet Alabama

Ceridian announces that Borbet Alabama, a leading automotive manufacturer, went live on Dayforce HCM with Payroll, Workforce Management and Human Resources. Borbet Alabama is up and running with HCM capabilities that save time, control costs, engage employees and increase productivity. Dayforce HCM transforms human capital management from a collection of disparate systems reliant on fragile interfaces to a single, robust, real-time application with one employee record, one user experience and zero interfaces. Dayforce HCM enhances employee engagement and productivity, while greatly reducing administration time and costs. This single application includes Payroll, Workforce Management, Benefits, and Human Resources. Dayforce Payroll enables employees to view, edit, fix and preview payroll in real-time, enabling employees to be compensated accurately and on time, and eliminating batch processing and trial runs. Dayforce Workforce Management allows managers to plan and forecast labor requirements, aligns schedules with labor demand, and allows for accurate time tracking and compliance.

SmartMetric Intros Fingerprint Concept Card

SmartMetric President & CEO Chaya Hendrick is in advanced stages for release of its fingerprint activated “biometric” payments card for use in North America. The biometric payment card is the only such card in the world affording the high level of identity and transaction security of biometrics built inside the card. The persons fingerprint is used to activate the card using the cards inbuilt fingerprint reader thereby allowing for card based biometric identification and card “turning on” using the cardholders fingerprint with the users fingerprint never leaving the card. The SmartMetric biometric card represents a giant leap in technological innovation that will be a game changing technology in the card industry according to the company President.

First Data Launches New POS for Small Business

First Data at Money2020 unveiled its “Clover Station” POS and business management solution for merchants. With the security and reliability of a terminal coupled with the flexibility of a cloud-based POS, Clover Station is the first solution to meet the complete spectrum of small to medium-sized business owners’ needs. First Data and Clover Network partnered to jointly develop the “Clover Station,” powered by intuitive, cloud-hosted software that comes with everything a business owner needs in one convenient package and is ready to work right out of the box. With its small footprint and state-of-the-art design, Clover Station hardware won’t take up a lot of space on a merchant’s counter, but will have a big impact on how they service their customers. First Data piloted the Clover POS solution with hundreds of small businesses in several U.S. cities. Feedback from the pilot indicated that business owners valued the benefits of the Clover solution through streamlined business operations and more time to interact with their customers. Clover Station will be made available to Bank of America Merchant Services small business customers by the end of 2013.


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FIS Launches Cloud-based Core Banking

FIS announced the launch of its first cloud-based, real-time core banking utility for mid-tier banks in Central and Eastern Europe.The service, hosted by Krajowa Izba Rozliczeniowa S.A. (KIR), the Polish payment processor and central clearing house for the country’s banking sector, will drive cost savings – without compromising functionality – by enabling banks to run their core banking products on a hosted version of FIS Profile. It will provide access to established product libraries, dramatically cutting the time required to launch new products to the market; provide a holistic view of the customer’s banking relationship; leverage a real-time banking system that is better matched to today’s consumer needs for seamless integration to new digital channels; and deliver one of the lowest total costs of ownership in the industry.

MasterPass Grows Acceptance, Adds Beyond the Rack

MasterCard announced Beyond the Rack, a North American eCommerce fashion, signed on to provide MasterPass digital wallet. Letting users apply any payment card or enabled device to discover enhanced shopping experiences. The new service provides Beyond the Rack’s broad customer base a convenient and flexible way to pay via the web or on a mobile device. Beyond the Rack joins the tens of thousands of retailers in Canada and the US who are enabling a seamless, secure and speedy check out regardless of where consumers may be and what device they may be using. MasterPass is an innovative digital commerce solution that delivers value to both consumers and merchants for its simplicity and security. Available now at, shoppers can begin using MasterPass, registering their credit card credentials for a simplified and faster checkout experience.

Digital River Expands PayPal Partnership

Digital River expanded its relationship with PayPal, which also added PayPal Express Checkout and Bill Me Later to its existing PayPal portfolio. The new payments represent the first in a series of PayPal options that Digital River will make available to its commerce customers. These options enhance Digital River’s current payment offering, which today supports more than 40 international and local payment options in more than 170 currencies. Bill Me Later is a PayPal service that enables online shoppers to buy now and pay later. Upon approval, buyers can use this payment option as a secure, instant and reusable credit line. By offering this payment option, Digital River can help its customers streamline the buying experience and increase close ratios by making higher priced products more affordable for an average consumer.